Brouilly has a deep ruby aroma that is fruitier than it is floral, bringing to mind red berries and plums, with occasional mineral notes. Mixtures of four different types of soil lend various characteristics to Brouilly wines.
Brouilly covers 20 percent of the Beaujolais Cru area. Its wines are made in six communes: Cercié, Saint-Lager, Charentay, Odenas, Saint-Etienne-la-Varenne and Quincié. The pink granite around Saint-Etienne-la-Varenne, Odenas and Quincié contains less acidity, while the limestone-marl around Charentay contains alluvial deposits with traces of crystal and clay from rock erosion. More than 8 million bottles of Brouilly are produced each year.
As far back as 1769, the communes of Brouilly were involved in winemaking and were among the 16 Beaujolais parishes authorized to sell wines to Paris.